Translocation of orphaned red-cockaded woodpecker nestlings

  • Published source details Richardson D.M., Copeland M. & Bradford J.W. (1999) Translocation of orphaned red-cockaded woodpecker nestlings. Journal of Field Ornithology, 70, 400-403.


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Foster eggs or chicks of woodpeckers with wild conspecifics

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  1. Foster eggs or chicks of woodpeckers with wild conspecifics

    A small study in a pine forest site in Mississippi, USA, in 1996 (Richardson et al. 1999), found that two orphaned red-cockaded woodpecker Picoides borealis nestlings introduced into two foster nests fledged successfully (along with the non-fostered nestlings) and that at least one survived to the following breeding season (when it remained at its foster cluster as a helper). The chicks were both male and fostered when approximately 11 days old into broods containing a single nestling. One was added to the nest with the nestling still present, the other was added whilst the nestling was temporarily removed, to ensure the parents fed the foster chick. Between removal from their nest holes and fostering (later the same day), the chicks were supplied with mealworms and crickets.


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